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First Name: Oliver

Last Name: Brown

Birthplace: Lexington, MA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Date of Birth: 25 July 1753

Date of Death: 17 February 1846

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Oliver Brown

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


Oliver Brown
Captain, U.S. Army

Oliver Brown was born on 25 July 1753 in Lexington, MA.

Brown was at the Boston Tea Party, and served as a Captain of Artillery in the Continental Army. On 8 April 1775 he stood in front of the first cannon fired by the British on the Americans at Lexington.

He then commanded the party which destroyed the statue of King George III in New York City, 9 July 1776, and fought in the engagements at Bunker Hill, Harlem Heights, White Plains, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Monmouth. He served 4 years under George Washington.

He moved to Wellsburg in 1790 before it was a town, and served 3 years with the militia in the frontier struggles with the Indians. In 1845 he was believed to be the oldest living Revolutionary soldier in the state.

Death and Burial

Captain Oliver Brown died on 17 February 1846 in Wellsburg, WV. He is buried at Brooke Cemetery in Wellsburg.

Honoree ID: 2289   Created by: MHOH




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